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How to Knit a Heart Back Home: A Cypress Hollow Yarn (Cypress Hollow Yarn #2)

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“A warm-hearted hug from a talented author—and knitter. It’s a sweet comfort read, with an edge of humor and irony that strikes just the right note.”
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs



“Rachael Herron charms with an emotional, heart-warming story of family, friendship and love in a town you’ll never want to leave.”
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Freethy



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ebook, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2011)
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sarah b.
Mar 05, 2011 sarah b. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I might be a bit partial since I think Rachael is pretty awesome, but I am not a romance girl. Or at least I didn't think I was until I read her first book. Her version of romance is suspenseful, sometimes intense, and written in a way that allows for strong male and female characters. The fact that knitting is woven in without being forced is just a bonus!
Christi
Mar 31, 2011 Christi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers, knitters who love romance
Shelves: 2011-reads
I really shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But I get lured in by cute artwork - especially when browsing the recently returned but not yet shelved cart at the library.

Picked this one up on Saturday based on the knitted heart. Didn't know it would be a romance novel. Not really my thing. Like another reviewer said, it was like a bad Harlequin romance from the 80s. There was no spark between the two characters. More like they were the only two single people in the story so they HAD to hook up,
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Jody
Sep 27, 2010 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and I'm not just saying that because I won a galley from the author (Hi Rachel!)

This book brings us back to Cypress Hollow with the story of Lucy & Owen. A bad boy ex-cop struggling to redefine his identity and a bookseller with some issues of her own.

Toots was by far my favorite character and she had me cracking up anytime she showed up in the story! Lucy on the other had - while I did like her over all - there were a few moments when I just wanted to smack her u
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Michelle
May 28, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm on the fence about giving this book 2 or 3 stars. No, I won't settle for a 2.5. Some details of this story are cute and charming, others are ridiculous and inconceivable.

I like some of supporting characters, namely Molly and Whitney. They are nothing if not consistent and always pretty supportive of Lucy, who needs all the help she can get. Also, I appreciate that this is a knitting-related story and that terms are scattered throughout the plot, even if Lucy does bust out her knitting at so
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ALPHAreader
May 12, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Harrison’s life was irrevocably changed and set when she kissed Cypress Hollow’s resident bad boy, Owen Bancroft. She may have been only seventeen, and he did leave the very next day . . . but that kiss proved to be the standard by which all of Lucy’s other kisses have been measured. And, unfortunately, Owen set the norm for men in her life who love her and leave her.

But that’s okay. Lucy has come to accept the fact that she will always be alone. She will find joy and happiness in running t
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Sharon
Feb 23, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could I not like a book that describes it's main characters romantic interest as being like Matt Dillon's character, Dally in The Outsiders!! Rachael Herron has done it again. She has successfully woven (no pun intended) knitting into a romance. Lucy runs a book shop, The Book Spire in the small town of Cypress Hollow. Her life isn't that exciting until Owen Bancroft walks back into her life. Owen was the highschool kiss she never forgot - but was it the same for him?? Then when through Owen ...more
Catherine
Feb 08, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Loved the connection of Lloyd the local knitters. Ready to read another of Rachael Herrons books.
Connie Peck
Jan 05, 2016 Connie Peck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this novel from the ‘new release’ section of my city library because I’m a knitter, too. As I checked it out I admit to a bit of skepticism. I’ve read too many books that had plots so predictable as to become boring. I’ve read even more when the world in which the novel resides is full of errors, such as the straps on the horse’s head, instead of the experience horseman riding the horse calling it a bridle, or an entire book about igloos in Alaska (Never has there ever been an authenti ...more
Jennifer
Sep 11, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
4.5 stars

How To Knit a Heart Back Home was another great read. This series is a lot of fun and Eliza reminds me of the mayor in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series, always fixing people up with what they need when they need it. I love it.

Lucy has always had a crush on bad boy Owen. She loved him back in high school, and they shared one magical kiss only to find Owen left town later that night. She also is afraid of losing everything. She is afraid of a lot of things, but she tries to project this
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Paula  Phillips
May 04, 2014 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking at the cover of this book , you could almost swear that it has that Outback Australian look to it or then again, it could be just me LOL. Though the girl on the cover does give a bit of a Jessica Biel look-a-like or is that just me as well. :)
Lucy's Kiss is one of those ideal reads for the women that love romance, bookshops , small towns and the art of Knitting. Lucy's Kiss is set in the heart of a small town called Cypress Hollow and follows the main character Lucy Harrison who owns a c
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Melanie
I should have written this review right after reading (well, listening) to the book. Darn it.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, and wanted to like this one more than I did, sadly. While I can't recall all the specific quibbles I had, I do remember 2: the heroine and the knitting.

Now, I do appreciate characters with "issues" because that is true to life - lots of people do lots of things based on prior experience(s) that so profoundly impacts them that it becomes a new part of their c
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Anne
Oct 20, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the Australian copy Lucy's Kiss not the USA version that shows the knitting cover. The Australia version does not fully explain the role that knitting plays in this story, so if your not a knitter it can be rather frustrating and slightly annoying until you get past the first 100 or so pages ... just a warning for those like me who had no idea how important and how often it is mentioned.

There is a knitting quote at the top of every chapter as well, so be warned.

Once I got used to the knit
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Tara
Feb 11, 2014 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
my God, I read some awful books for the sake of going to book clubs.
Teresa
Mar 30, 2011 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like this book. I really did. But it totally felt like a bad Harlequin Romance novel. Blech!
Maria Aurigema
While I think Ms. Herron is a talented writer I feel her continuous use of God's name inappropriately is gratuitous and serves no purpose in the book. As a knitter and Crocheter I was exited to read a book that incorporates knitting as part of the storyline. As an ex police officer my heart broke for Owen. Then the cursing started to take over the storyline especially using the Lord's name. That's the point where I stopped enjoying the book. Because of that I won't be reading anymore of her book ...more
Cassandra Curiel
Oct 29, 2015 Cassandra Curiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelves
"How could her heart hurt so much and still keep beating?"
Oh. My. Goodness!!! This book is so perfect! It intrigued me from the first page and I couldn't tear my eyes away, not that I wanted to anyway. This is the first book I have read from Rachel and I know it's the second in the series but it honestly made no difference. I was hooked and nothing was confusing. Could very well be a standalone if I didn't know it was part of a series. This was also my first read about knitting and I'm glad to s
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Kristi
I laughed so much reading this book! Toots cracked me up and definitely made me think of my mom and her mother in certain things (though neither is into smudging, seances or some of the other stuff Toots is). This is only the second book of the series, and thus the second book of Herron's that I've read, but she really captures people and brings them to life on the page. I feel every emotion, big and small. I laugh, I cry, my heart aches. There is no doubt I'll be continuing on with this series!
Pam
Apr 21, 2011 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy’s book selling business in small -town Cypress Hollow, may be cooling down but her nights are heating up. Though not a risk taker, Lucy is happy in her cozy knitting nook, though she has seen many of her high school buddies branch out and take life by the horns. She was, that is, until an accident landed her in fate’s sneaky hands.

All of a sudden, Lucy’s carefully arranged, never shaken, very safe life, takes an unexpected turn with the rather dramati
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Tevilla
I am not a reader of the romance genre--because it just doesn't work for me. Too redundant, too obvious what will happen and it takes waaayyy too many pages to get you what was going to happen that many pages ago.

So, why did I read this? Because I have been have been reading Rachael Herron's blog (yarnagogo.com) for years. She is a knitter, a very good writer and it has been really fun and interesting following her on her journey of dreaming of being an author to publishing her second book. When
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Kimberly
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Cupcakencorset
May 29, 2011 Cupcakencorset rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Cypress Hollow, the same fictional California town as Herron's first novel (How to Knit a Love Song), this book picks up a few years later and focuses on Lucy Harrison, who runs a bookstore in the town, and Owen Bancroft, her high-school bad-boy crush who has come back to town to care for his mother. The story starts with a crash, literally, and ends in triumph. Well, of course, it's a love story! The trip from start to finish, however, is as much about self-discovery as about finding lov ...more
ALPHAreader
May 12, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Harrison’s life was irrevocably changed and set when she kissed Cypress Hollow’s resident bad boy, Owen Bancroft. She may have been only seventeen, and he did leave the very next day . . . but that kiss proved to be the standard by which all of Lucy’s other kisses have been measured. And, unfortunately, Owen set the norm for men in her life who love her and leave her.

But that’s okay. Lucy has come to accept the fact that she will always be alone. She will find joy and happiness in running t
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Manda B
May 10, 2011 Manda B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of How to Knit a Love Song, and romance and/or knitting novels in general.
My edition is the Kindle ebook edition.

Fans of How to Knit a Love Song will be enchanted by Lucy, Owen, and even more characters from Cypress Hollow. I really love how the town and the close-knit (ha!) citizens are developing.

I may need to go back and read How to Knit a Love Song, but it seemed like there was even MORE knitting in this book than in the last one. Rachael Herron's passion for her day job also shines through in this installment (it did in the last one, too, but again, it just seem
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Elizabeth
This installment was better than the first. It's still a romance, but not as corny as the last one. It was kind of ridiculous that the heroine wore the same old torn sweater every day, but she had lots of odd quirks. Lucy actually had a few quirks I didn't care for that I ended up seeing in myself. This has helped me to work more on some flaws in my personality. I'd hate for someone to feel about me the way I felt about her a number of times. It was annoying how she would be so back and forth, i ...more
Laura
Aug 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knitting, fiction, 2011
I enjoyed this a pure escapist read. It's a quick and light and fun read.

As a knitter, I loved all the knitting! A town full of knitters, the wonderful and amazing Eliza Carpenter character (finding her lost papers and deciding what they would do with them was such a fun part of the book), and all the little knitting details (fingering a stitch marker in her pocket, needles jabbing her through her backpack).

It's the knitting that brought me to this book, because I'm not usually a big romance re
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Shirley
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Lara
Jan 16, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I'd read the first book in this series last year, but can't recall now why it's taken me so long to read this one. There are always small things that I would change if I could, but it's usually just a line or turn of phrase; nothing that would alter the plot seriously.

Herron knows how to write characters you really care about. And there's just a dash of spice, without being too graphic.

Overall, I really good book.
Caitlin
Aug 31, 2015 Caitlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook caught my eye at my local library branch because of the reference to knitting! And I loved how it opened with the main character knitting at a bar (my friends think I am crazy when I knit out and about!). But then I realized this is really just a sappy love story...I couldn't even get through the first disc. Too much staring at each other and descriptions of gorgeous people. Not for me.
Janeiowa
Mar 05, 2015 Janeiowa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Cypress Hollow Yarn series simply continues to be wonderful. The storyline is great, the characters are believable, realistic and delightful. I liked connecting with Abigail and Cade from Book #1 again, and meeting new characters I hope to hear about in future books.

Now to track down #3 in this series. It's a must read, I think, for any romance reader who's also a knitter!
Eva
Mar 26, 2011 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received "How to Knit a Heart Back Home" as a Goodreads winning. It came in the mail, I started reading it that evening and didn't go to bed until it was done!
Lucy Harrison is a delightful main character with a family to match and the town of Cypress Hollow sounds like a place I'd really like to visit... Add a former love from High School who was the "bad boy" of the town, his Altheimer mother, the locals and the nosiness of a small town and you have a cozy place to spend some time!
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Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, will be available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when sh ...more
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